IOT/AI


  

The Evolution of Bluetooth: From Entertainment To Smart Buildings

For most of us urbane mobile users, Bluetooth is a reminder of the “good old days” of the Internet through which we would exchange MP3 files and pictures. Today, it is commonly used in fitness bands, cars and even headsets. But the utility of this piece of technology goes much further. Experts are reckoning the application of Bluetooth in smart buildings. Although the adoption is not large scale just yet, it is on the rise. At the recently held IoT India Expo in New Delhi, there was a session held on the rising significance of Bluetooth mesh as a basis for connectivity in smart buildings. This is a networking structure that uses low-energy networking technology to interact and exchange information. A mesh network is where every single node is connected, allowing the effortless relay of dat...

AI for an Eye Makes The World Better For The Visually Impaired

The world has 285 million visually impaired people – of these, 39 million are blind, and the remaining have varying degrees of impaired vision. And as the world population grows, as will the numbers of visually impaired individuals. Lancet Global Health estimates that the number of blind people in the world is set to triple by 2050. While in some cases, partial impairment can be treated or even prevented from escalating into complete blindness, the alternatives are far less optimistic for most individuals who are totally blind. But thanks to the advent and proliferation of technology, its not a dark road entirely for them. With the use of technologies such as IoT and AI, Gurugram-based startup TorchIt is lighting up lives of many. Cofounders Hunny Bhagchandani and Mohit Chelani have taken ...

AI For Good: This AI Platform Can Detect Cervical Cancer In Just Hours

37-year-old Gauri, a resident of a village in Karnataka, woke up in pain one morning. She was in a lot of discomfort all day and wondered what was happening to her. Few months later, her pain became worse following which her husband took her to the nearest Primary Health Care center. The doctor prescribed some medicines but couldn’t really detect the cause for her pain or discomfort. Gauri’s pain worsened, and she had started to lose weight significantly. Worried, her husband rushed her to a big hospital in Bangalore, which was a four-hour drive from his village. After running several expensive tests, the couple were in for a rude shock. Gauri was diagnosed with cervical cancer. Ask any oncologist about cancer treatment, and one of the first things they will you is that early detection can...

Get Set, Co-Create: This Startup Is On The Fast Lane To Innovate With Mercedes Benz’s Startup Autobahn

The world, as we know it, is evolving at breakneck speed and technology is at the core of this rapid digital transformation. Every day, companies and entrepreneurs break new ground in innovation and push the boundaries of technology a bit more. In order to sustain the pace of innovation that is truly transformative and disruptive, companies and startups have to find scope for collaboration. This concept called Co-Create has been propagated by economists and industry experts worldover. The World Economic Forum cites the example of Europe, which boasts of an innovation-driven ecosystem and is reaping its benefits. Its economic growth rate is higher than that of the USA and the growth forecast for the future looks optimistic. This change is largely propelled by the changing nature of business...

Bot’s The Way For Smart Governance

More than five decades ago, the world witnessed its first chatbot ELIZA created by Joseph Weizenbaum. The chatbot supposedly managed to dupe some users into thinking it was a human, essentially setting the foundation for chatbot structures such as keywords, specific phrases and pre-programmed responses. Today, the chatbot market has skyrocketed. The market is projected to cross $5bn by 2023, supporting sectors such as BFSI, healthcare, IT, telecom, retail, utilities and notably, governments. Our government’s Digital India initiative has prompted a significant increase in adoption of digitization, especially in the government too. Successful and efficient governance is when a citizen feels his voice is heard, and his queries resolved. Governing a billion citizens is no mean task, but techno...

AI For Good: Intello Labs Making The Local APMC Mandi Smarter

A mundane task like vegetable purchase involves scanning through piles of produce, and visually assessing its freshness and quality. How about replacing this abstract assessment with real-time data-driven analytics? Gurgaon-based AI startup Intello Labs is bringing to the fruits & vegetable seller the true power of Artificial Intelligence by pioneering the concept of digital commodity grading using data. It was in mid-2016 that the Intello Labs founding team – Milan Sharma, Nishant Mishra, Himani Shah and Devendra Chandani – all hailing from data science and big data backgrounds were keen on innovating in newer tech like machine learning and artificial intelligence. After some initial kinks, they finally settled on agriculture as a focus sector. Cofounder Devendra Chandani says, “Even ...

“Product Investors Want Vertical-Focused Solutions That Can Go Global”

India is a billion-strong nation. Just three years ago, the number of connected devices was already at 60 million – that’s almost 60% of the nation’s population. By 2020, the number of installed connected devices will be 1.9 billion. Safe to say our nation has never been more connected, atleast virtually. The Internet of Things, as a concept, has massively evolved over the years. From being an exclusive, official tool for enhancing business connectivity, it has well and truly permeated into every major aspect of life today. Industry pundits peg the IoT market in India to be valued at $9bn by next year, and businesses are agog with interest. Notable examples of connected devices dominating the market include Alexa and Google, but the applicability of IoT extends to several industries ...

Ceiling Fan Fallacy: 3 Reasons Why Spurious Pesticides Menace Will Never Go Away

Have you heard of the story of Procrustes from Greek Mythology? Procrustes (“Stretcher”) was the nickname of Damastes, a rogue smith and bandit, who owned a small estate in Atticca of Ancient Greece. He earned his notorious nickname from a bizarre hospitality ritual he inflicted on his unwilling passer-by guests who passed by his estate every night. At first, he invited them to join him for a sumptuous dinner and then requested them to spend the night in his special iron bed. There was one problem though. He was extremely particular (to the point of being anal) that the special bed fit the guests to perfection. Those who were tall had their legs chopped off and those who were short were stretched by his smith’s hammer. And so one day, when a fearless traveler called These...

NASSCOM-ICFA Roundtable on Policy Push For Agritech Ecosystem

NASSCOM and ICFA partnered to organise a roundtable to bring multiple central agencies and state governments together for a discussion with the technology sector. The meeting was attended by representatives from DIPP, Ministry of Agriculture, Ministry of IT, NITI Ayog, NABARD, Maharashtra State Innovation Society, Govt of Kerala, Bangalore Bio Innovation Center, AP Innovation Society, National E-Governance Division and Digital India Corporation. On the technology side, the table comprised of startups, large IT companies and funders, such as IBM, TCS, Satsure, BigHaat, Yes Bank, Amazon AWS, farMart, Cropin, Bharat Innovation Fund, Omnivore, Mycrop etc. I understand the readers will be interested in what the governments and state agencies said, let me focus on the most notable ones. Ministry...

FarmERP: Annual Report 2018

I am really thankful to Sanjay Borkar and FarmERP to have taken the time to compile this extensive document. I did not know that they are already working in 11 countries outside India or that they have built in a traceability component. I will request people to go through this well laid out document and invite other agritech companies to come and upload their content here.